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Anderson joins Flames as walk-on


August 28, 2008

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UIC coach Jimmy Collins welcomed Josh Anderson to the program.

UIC coach Jimmy Collins announced the arrival of a new walk-on, whose father played in the NBA.

Josh Anderson, son of former Orlando Magic and University of Illinois star Nick Anderson, has joined the Flames as a walk-on for the 2008-09 season.

Anderson, a 6-foot-3, 182-pound shooting guard, averaged 13.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior at Simeon, which was the state runner-up in Class 3A last season. He played on two state championship teams with current Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose and forwards Tim Flowers and Kevin Johnson during his sophomore and junior years with the Wolverines.

Anderson led the Public League in free-throw percentage as a senior, hitting 98 percent.

“We’re extremely happy to have Josh join the program,” Collins said in a statement. “He comes in with outstanding athletic and academic credentials and will represent our university well.”

Anderson had originally signed with Grambling during the spring, though he said that UIC and IPFW were also recruiting him strongly.

Anderson is the seventh new Flame, joining junior forward Robert Eppinger, junior guards Kris Harris and Chris Buchanan, freshman forwards Jelani Poston and DeMarkus Isom-Jones and freshman guard Zavion Neely.

RECRUIT UPDATE: Illinois Prep Bulls’-eye reported the Flames are still in contention for the guard duo from Seton Academy, 6-foot-5 Tony Nixon and 6-2 Kenny Stevenson.

Nixon recently received offers from Fresno State at Texas-El Paso. Nixon is also receiving interest from Northern Illinois, Loyola, Illinois State, Drake, Murray State, Montana State and Howard. Stevenson has an offer from UIC and is generating interest from Loyola.

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Collins granted 3-year extension (7/2/08)
UIC nets Eppinger, Isom-Jones (team awards) (4/29/08)
Collins: "I could do this for 3-4 more years" (team, recruiting) (4/7/08)
Flames' seniors reflect (3/18/08)
HORIZON TOURNEY: Weary Flames bow out in semifinals (at Butler) (3/9/08)